State of Alert – Israel style

‘When it comes to security, Europe is still in a state of denial’ – (Michal Marmary, Homeland Security Tel Aviv)
Recent suicide attacks in Paris, Brussels, Nice and Berlin have greatly increased focus on civilian safety in Europe. More and more, politicians, security experts and the media refer to Israel as a model of well-organized civilian security. Some even talk about the ‘Israelisation of Europe’. But what exactly is the Israeli security model? Can it be applied in Europe and what world view would our continent be importing along ith it?

After the recent terror attacks in Europe, a golden age has dawned for Israeli businesses, with the export of security expertise and technology. Companies such as Radwin, Faception and Magal S-3 are now at the vanguard when it comes to camera surveillance, automated border control and facial recognition. But what kind of ‘state of mind’ is Europe now importing into its police departments, security services and city authorities? What makes the Israeli model so characteristic and successful that the European authorities are getting so enthusiastic about it? And what are the consequences of applying such a model?

Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2017.
© VPRO Backlight March 2017

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